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Default Check your tires for age!!!!!!!

Got this in a email earlier this week, finally decided what the heck, I'll see what it's about. You *WILL* go out and check your tires after you see this video, I guarantee it. An investigation by ABC news. Runs just under 10 minutes.

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There is actually a thread on this somewhere on here. Maybe merge the two.
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I feel very sorry for those that lost their loved ones, like the first guy in the video. But that video was totally one sided, looking to place blame solely on manufacturers and tire dealers without any corroborating evidence.

The first guy who lost his son said his tire was actually 4 years old when it was bought new. The video also said that the tire was therefore 9 years old when his son crashed. That means they used the tire for 5 years. How did they maintain the tire? Were they religious with the pressure? Rotation? Overloading? Alignments?

How new, unused tires are stored is equally important, probably more so, than the age. Are they kept in a cool, dry place away from an ozone source like a furnace, and sunlight? The video showed nothing whatsoever about storage condition affecting tires. It also showed no evidence of when these "deadly" new old tires failed once they were put in service. I could understand if they all failed immediately upon being put in service. It was totally skewed.

I'll take a brand new 10 year old tire, which was stored properly, any day of the week over a one year old new tire that's been sitting on some outdoor rack at a Jiffy Lube in the elements.

I'm all for hammering manufacturer negligence, but that video, all by itself without any other data, is another example of our media caring less and less about fair and impartial reporting. That reporter wouldn't even let the rubber manufacturer rep. get a word in.

I'm done now. Sorry. (Steps off soapbox)

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All of that said, it is reasonable to expect that when you buy tires...just like beer...you should know the "born on date" ... and use that as part of your decision to buy...along with the type, and price of the tire. Retailers should disclose the age of the tires when they make the sale...then you can decide if you want to risk it! As for the rest...there is no indication that anything but age caused the tire failure in the video clip...again, there could be other factors...

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Whew, my tires were born on the 17th week of the year 2008...

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All of that said, it is reasonable to expect that when you buy tires...just like beer...you should know the "born on date" ... and use that as part of your decision to buy...along with the type, and price of the tire. Retailers should disclose the age of the tires when they make the sale...then you can decide if you want to risk it! As for the rest...there is no indication that anything but age caused the tire failure in the video clip...again, there could be other factors...

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I agree that it shouldn't be hieroglyphics to read a manufacture date for a tire, and that the retailers should disclose when the tire was made to the consumer.

I would also agree that in that 10 minute video, there is no indication that anything but age caused the tire failures.........because that's all they wanted you to see.

I believe that they certainly made some very good points in that clip, my conjecture being that the overall tone was not very objective. But that's nothing new.
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Thanks for the info

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I work for [email protected]$ auto center and we sell old tires we know they are old but corporate dont want to waste money throwing the old tires out and replacing them with new ones. Im sure we couple a couple of 5 or 6 yers old tires for sale as new
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There is actually a formula (persay) to reading when the tire was manufactured. I believe it tells the month and year. I was shown this once by a tire shop. If I can get that info I will post it.
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There is actually a formula (persay) to reading when the tire was manufactured. I believe it tells the month and year. I was shown this once by a tire shop. If I can get that info I will post it.
The coded date on the back side of the tire sidewall, along the bead....week of year and year... for example a tire manufactured in second week of February in 2007 would show (0607)...a tire manufactured in the last week of 2007 will show (5207).

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